Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Liebster Award

I recently was paid a very nice compliment by my blog being nominated for a LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD.

The Liebster Blog Award is an award given out to wonderful blogs with less than 200 followers.  BIG THANKS to Becky Shillington for the nomination, and please check out her lovely blog, Tapestry of Words.  (Note: I learned from Becky's blog that "liebster" is German for "sweetheart" and I think that is what this award is all about, just passing a little love around.) (Extra Note: After posting this I found out that NinjaWoman was also nominated by Chieu Anh Urban.  BIG THANKS to you too, Chieu!  You are too kind.)

Part of the rules of the Liebster Blog Award is answering some questions.  Here goes:

1. When did you first know you'd like to be a writer (or illustrator?)

I didn't get serious about a career in children's books until my late twenties.  I received my MA in Theater Education and for awhile I really wanted to teach theater at a college level.  When I realized I'd need a PhD to do that, I started to rethink my path.  I have always been an artist and I learned about story structure from the theater, so I thought I could put them together and make picture books.

2. If you could meet any author, living or deceased, who would it be?

Yanno, Jane Austen seems like fun.  I bet we'd have a great time having lunch in some seaside cafe while we gossiping about which celebs were dating each other and flipping through style magazines.  She seems like the kind of gal you can get a pedicure with.

That said, if I wanted to pick someone's brain and I could manage not to be a geek about it, I'd love to meet Oliver Jeffers.  He's crazy awesome.

3. Coffee or tea?

Every day I have a nice cup o' cocoa.

4. What is item #1 on your Bucket List?

My bucket list is not in order, but there are two things I'd really like to do/accomplish before I kick it.  One is ride in a hot air balloon.  The second is win a Caldecott.

5. What topic do you think is most overdone in the kidlit market?

Yeeps - that's a toughie.  I read a lot of YA and I have to confess I'm getting a little bored with love triangles.  Let's try another shape, shall we?  How about a love rectangle, or a love pentagon.  Ooo - that's a good title: LOVE PENTAGON.  Lucy thought she'd be with Ben forever, then she met Sam, Toni, and Blake and Lucy found herself entangled in a ... love pentagon! 

6. What is the best book you've read in the last six months.

Divergent by Veronica Roth.  LOVED IT!  I also really loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (But I read that over 6 months ago.) 

7. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

An early bird.  But really, I peak around lunchtime.

8. What is your favorite opening line from a book?

Ack.  This is tricky.  This is what springs to mind:

There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. 
- The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

9. Do you write better in silence or with background noise?

Silence.  Absolutely.  I always think it is so funny when authors make playlists, because I could NEVER listen to music when I write.  It would be so distracting. That said, I can binge watch TV while I sketch or paint.  I just watched season 3 and 4 of Breaking Bad while sketching a dummy book.  Kids like blue meth, right?

10. What book has the most profound effect upon your writing style?

Aw man, I don't know.  Really any time I read something I like and I try to imitate I flub it up so bad I have to scrap it.  But I do pay close attention to illustrators.  I'm particularly fond of Oliver Jeffers and Melissa Sweet.  Whenever I'm stuck on a composition, I just flip through one of their books and get inspired.


In addition to the Q&A, to accept the nomination I have to nominate some other fabulous blogs and ask my own set of questions.

Here are my nominees:

Natalie Dias Lorenzi of the blog, Biblio Links

Kip Wilson Rechea of her self-titled blog: Kip Wilson Rechea

If you choose to accept, here are the directions: Link back to the blogger that tagged you.  Nominate 5 - 10 others* and ask the questions of the one who tagged you (mine are below.)  Then as 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate as well as letting your nominees know of their award. 

Here are my questions - if you dare to answer, Kip and Natalie!!!

1. If you could be on any game show, which would it be and why?
2. What would you say is your greatest writing strength?
3. What is your greatest writing challenge?
4. What's the best gift anyone has ever given you?
5.  Ghosts: real or imaginary?
6. Where's the best place you've ever been in the whole wide world?
7. Name three of your favorite books.
8. Seen any good movies lately?
9. Name one professional goal you'd like to accomplish.
10. What's your favorite thing about being a writer?

(* Yeah, yeah, I know I only nominated 2 other blogs.  These are the ones I look at regularly that haven't already been nominated and are under 200 followers.)

Thanks so much for stopping it!  Have a lovely Thursday!

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